Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is PML?
PML is a rare and often fatal viral disease that slowly destroys the myelin sheath that insulates the body’s nerve fibers. Without a healthy myelin coating, nerve fibers cannot effectively transmit electrochemical impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. PML almost always strikes immunocompromised people, such as transplant recipients, those on certain kinds of medications, and people with AIDS. PML is caused by the JC virus, a type of virus that normally exists as a harmless, latent infection without producing any symptoms, but can produce tumors in an immunocompromised host. When the immune system is compromised, it cannot keep the JC virus in check; consequently, the virus develops into full-blown PML. There is no cure for PML. However, if a patient’s immune system improves, PML may slow down or stop developing.
Some of the symptoms of PML include:
- Loss of coordination, clumsiness
- Loss of language capabilities (aphasia)
- Memory loss
- Vision problems
- Progressive weakness of the legs and arms
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and PML
PML qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PML, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PML, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.